Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report – Week 8
It’s not as good as the Brewers/Zack Greinke news, but it’s a start:
Welcome to the Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report:
What We Have Seen:
Two tough losses by the Bucks; last night’s home loss to Utah in which the Bucks fell apart in the final, and an even tougher road loss to the top team in the league, San Antonio. That game ended on a buzzer beater by Manu Ginobili in which thousands of fans screams “travel!!” at their TV. Find a replay online and make the decision for yourself. Either way, two of the more difficult losses to shallow for a team.
What We Have Not Seen:
We have not seen Brandon Jennings make a shot. Okay, perhaps he made a few shots. But after the 9 of 19 performance last week against Dallas, and the well-publicized dinner with Jason Kidd, it seemed that maybe he would be turning a new page in his game. There is no way around the fact that when Andrew Bogut’s number of shot attempts goes down, so do the team’s chances of winning. Jennings should take a lesson from Kidd and help get his teammates the ball. Kidd IS in fact second all time in career assists. Jennings has had a sore foot the last two games, and perhaps that contributed to his 7 of 25 shooting in the last 2 games. But when he’s back to full speed, he has to listen to the veterans around him, even if they are on the other team.
What We Wish We Would Have Seen:
Rebounding! We wish we would have seen rebounding. The Bucks improved on some stats from their previous loss to Utah: shooting 45% instead of 35%, and being out-rebounded by only 15, improved from 22 during their game 3 weeks ago. It was an all-around out-hustling by the Jazz, who were statistically better in assists, steals, even blocked shots. Larry Sanders, who has averaged 2.2 blocks in the past month, did not play against Utah but will undoubtedly get a chance in the next game.
What We Wish We Would Have Not Seen:
Andrew Bogut fall to the floor on the same arm and wrist he hurt last season. He was fine (or at least said he was), shot his free throws, and finished out the game. He later said there was some numbness, similar to the feeling when you hit your “funny bone.” They have a back-to-back Monday and Tuesday on the west coast, and hopefully he is able to go strong. It’s always a situation when Bogut hits the floor, and he does it often. For one, fans do not want to see him hurt again. Two, Bogut is a big dude, and when he hits the floor, it’s hard not to notice.
What We Wish We Could See But It Has Not Happened Yet So Therefore We Cannot See It:
The next 10 games is some sort of march of death for the Bucks. 7 of those teams have a winning percentage of 60% or better. A different set of 7 of the next 10 games come on the road. They won’t get a good night’s sleep in their own beds until after the new year, because the home games are followed by travel the next day. This is where adversity is overcome by the quality teams, and this is where the lesser teams fizzle out. At this point the term “winnable” should be off-limits. It’s been tossed around too often and hasn’t done much good for anyone. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Some Stats to Know:
Last 10 Games: 5-5 Record (4-2 home, 1-3 road)
Andrew Bogut: 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks, 60% shooting average in 2 games
Drew Gooden: Average of 16 points, 9 rebounds since Wednesday
Milwaukee Brian’s Bucks Report runs from Wednesday-Tuesday and covers all the highlights, all the highs and lows of the 2010-11 Milwaukee Bucks season. Topics can be found at Pocket Doppler – The Wisconsin Sports Blog and Milwaukee Brian Sports